Updated: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:03:42 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : World

Putin’;s daughter flees the Netherlands as anger grows over downing of MH17

Maria Putina, the daughter of Russian president Vladimir Putin had fled her £2 million riverside flat in the Netherlands with her boyfriend as anger grew over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in which many believe Russia was complicit. The Daily Mirror reported that Maria, 29, and her Dutch boyfriend, Jorrit Faasen, an executive...


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Maria Putina,

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the daughter of Russian president Vladimir Putin had fled her £2 million riverside flat in the Netherlands with her boyfriend as anger grew over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in which many believe Russia was complicit.

The Daily Mirror reported that Maria, 29, and her Dutch boyfriend, Jorrit Faasen, an executive with Russian energy company Gazprom, had gone into hiding after many blamed the Kremlin for arming pro-Russian separatists with the missile that downed the plane near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

The British tabloid said Maria's flat was located 20 miles from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport where the ill-fated MAS flight departed for Kuala Lumpur.

The Netherlands is most affected by the tragedy having lost 193 citizens in the crash and protests had already emerged when news broke that Maria, or Marsha to her friends, was living in the country.

The UK daily said there were demands for Maria to be deported and one Twitter user posted: “Its time you leave B*TCH" while another wrote "Very convenient that Maria Putina lives so close to The Hague. Won’t have to go far to see her father’s trial."

The daily said Maria was born in St Petersburg and was named after Putin’s mother. Maria is thought to have studied biology at St Petersburg State University, which is also Putin's alma mater.

The daily quoted an unnamed resident as saying they have not seen Maria, who was described as tall and blonde, since the plane crash.

"She moved in last year and it was all kept quiet for a while. But once it became known who she was, there was certainly some disquiet. And now this has happened. She is obviously not responsible for her father’s actions but we don’t want demonstrations around here," a neighbour was quoted as saying.

The Daily Mirror also spoke to the mayor of Hilversum, Pieter Broertjes, who had first expressed his anger over Maria's presence in Holland.

"We could also deport Putin’s daughter, she lives in The Netherlands. Then you’ve got a whole different signal you could give," he was quoted as saying but later apologised for his comments, saying that they were "not wise".

"They stemmed from a feeling of helplessness that many would recognise," the mayor was further quoted as saying.

Putin's daughter's residency in Holland was made public knowledge after Ukrainian activists posted the address on numerous websites, with the Daily Mirror saying there were reports that she and her boyfriend could be back in Moscow where they can be better protected.

Those responsible for downing the Boeing 777 jet have yet to be identified, with Russian and Ukrainian authorities blaming each other and pro-Russian separatists for the disaster.

While world leaders were bickering who should be held responsible for the crash, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak utilised "secret diplomacy" with pro Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai.

Najib's negotiation with Borodai led to a deal "that achieved what more powerful nations, including Russia, could not", according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The deal saw the bodies taken to the Netherlands, while the black boxes are now in the hands of the British authorities for further probe. – July 25, 2014.

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